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Taking in the View picture in Grand Canyon
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Taking in the View picture in Grand Canyon
Trail views picture in Grand Canyon
Rocks and vegetation picture in Grand Canyon
Stars at night picture in Grand Canyon

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  • 24/7 from May to October

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  • More than Full Day Time to Spend
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    5.0
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    4.5

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The North Rim has a reputation for its rugged, isolated trails, its sparse facilities and a lack of appeal in the eyes of the tourist mainstream. However, this reputation is only partially true. Sure, the North Rim is less crowded than the South, but only relatively so. During peak tourism periods – from the late spring to early fall –  the North Rim accommodates a large number of travelers (about 10 percent of all Grand Canyon visitors). The good news for the nature purist is that there are few available facilities in the North Rim, so the area will likely always remain relatively underdeveloped. Popular spots in the North Rim include Bright Angel Point, which allows views of the Roaring Springs, the North Rim's only water source. You should also swing by the 8,803-foot Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim.

Recent visitors called the North Rim spectacular and a must-see, remarking on its peaceful and quiet atmosphere. They also recommended booking accommodations here at least a year in advance to guarantee a room.

The entrance to the park's North Rim is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67. From the South Rim, the route is 212 miles. If you don't have your own set of wheels, several shuttle services, including the Trans-Canyon Shuttle and Grand Canyon Shuttle Service, make daily rim to rim trips. Keep in mind: Service can be limited in the winter. Lodging is available at the Grand Canyon Lodge, the only available lodge on the North Rim, as well as one campground. Nightly rates for the lodge cost an average of $200, and reservations (the earlier the better) are an absolute must. In fact, guests can book their overnight accommodations at least 13 months in advance of their stay. It's important to note that the North Rim is only open to visitors from May to October. Available facilites include a visitor center, which houses a bookstore, bathrooms and informative exhibits staffed by park rangers. The center is open from mid-May to mid-October 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the North Rim, visit the NPS website


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#1 Grand Canyon Village Grand Canyon Village is the most popular entryway into the park and, as such, often suffers from heavy crowds during the peak seasons in spring, summer and fall. But there ... Read more » Grand Canyon NPS / Flickr

#2 North Rim The North Rim has a reputation for its rugged, isolated trails, its sparse facilities and a lack of appeal in the eyes of the tourist mainstream. However, this reputation is ... Read more » janetteasche / Getty Images

#3 Bright Angel Trail Take this steep trail, which starts just west of the Bright Angel Lodge in Grand Canyon Village, to Plateau Point for some great views of the river. But you should ... Read more » mark_donoher / Flickr

#4 Rim Trail While the Grand Canyon Village has plenty to offer visitors, make sure you don't ignore the rest of the South Rim. The Rim Trail is one of the most ... Read more » Fundenburg / Flickr

#5 North Kaibab Trail If you've chosen to explore the North Rim, the North Kaibab Trail is the area's premier hike. The trail leads all the way to the Colorado River, and ... Read more » bloodredrapture / Flickr

#6 Havasu Falls Lauded by travelers as one of the most beautiful sights in the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is a desert oasis, complete with crystal blue waterways and gushing falls that add ... Read more » anirav / iStockphoto.com

#7 Colorado River Rafting To see the Grand Canyon from a different point of view, consider taking a rafting trip down the Colorado River. If you're not up for an adventurous whitewater experience ... Read more » MolallaRiverCowboy / Flickr

#8 Grand Canyon Skywalk One of the more controversial additions to the Grand Canyon's surroundings, the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a large, semi-circular bridge with a transparent glass floors, allowing tourists to walk ... Read more » rajiwishwa / Flickr

#9 Grand Canyon Railway Built in the late 1800s, this historic railroad was originally used to transport ore from the Anita mines, which sit just north of Williams, Arizona. The railway began traveling to ... Read more » http2007 / Flickr

# Parashant National Monument Read more » Courtesy Grand Canyon National Park / Flickr

# Lees Ferry Read more » sprokop / Getty Images

# Tuweep Read more » Christian Heinrich / Getty Images

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Lees Ferry picture in Grand Canyon
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The views of the canyon from the North Rim are spectacular. janetteasche / Getty Images

You can traverse the Bright Angel Trail with a mule. mark_donoher / Flickr

Located just north of Grand Canyon Village along the Rim Trail, Hopi Point offers spectacular views of the canyon. Fundenburg / Flickr

The North Kaibab Trail is a grueling 14 miles. bloodredrapture / Flickr

Havasu Falls are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation northwest of Grand Canyon Village. anirav / iStockphoto.com

Thrill-seekers can explore the Colorado River by raft. MolallaRiverCowboy / Flickr

While it may be expensive, travelers say that stepping out onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a thrilling experience. rajiwishwa / Flickr

The Grand Canyon Railway makes getting around this massive national park an easy feat. http2007 / Flickr

Star-gazing is the main attraction at Parashant National Monument, which is one of the few gold-tiered dark night sky spots, an award given by the International Dark-Sky Association. To get there, visitors will have to drive 300-some miles west of the national park.  Courtesy Grand Canyon National Park / Flickr

The only place that travelers can access the Colorado River by car, Lees Ferry, is a popular place to fish and to learn some turn-of-the-century history about the families that settled here at the end of the 18th century.  sprokop / Getty Images

To reach Toroweap Overlook, or Tuweep as it's affectionately called, you'll have to traverse 60 miles on the unpaved Country Road No. 109. Still, this remote section's views of the Colorado River – 3,000 feet below – are worth the effort, according to past visitors.  Christian Heinrich / Getty Images

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